Neo League 570 - #594: Nagare vs Roberto

Description: Roberto and Nagare take part in a Neo League fight at Taiyo's own Dome Arena. Roberto comes out of the gates with an impressive start but then Nagare makes an incredible come back. In the end, Roberto may not have been able to force a draw, but he did get a member for Taiyo's Athletics Crew. (Winner Nagare)

One would imagine that, believe it or not, Taiyo High teachers and students sometimes fight each other to practice their moves and to all in all just have a lot of fun. In fact, fighting isn't too hard to imagine in any school. Gedo, Pacific, Justice and Taiyo all fight and have their own moral code. Taiyo is just one of the larger and more busier schools.

Now, sometimes, Taiyo has an exhibition match. Like today, where some of the top fighters from Taiyo High compete to prove their TAIYO SPIRIT, and to make sure that they are at a top notch feeling for whatever comes and to fight all the other schools as well!

Today, in the Taiyo dome, one of the more prominent SWIMMERS, Nagare Namikawa had made it pretty far. In fact, he made it so far that he's down here again. And he stands, doing his stretches as he waits to find out his opponent. Of course it's one of the Taiyo students, but who? Maybe it's Batsu, who really put the hurt on him last time. It would be pretty fun!

Still, Nagare is in all his normal clothes, on one side of the Taiyo Dome. Like always, a crowd has gathered in the stands to cheer on the combatants and a few sports items have been left about just in case either want to use it as a weapon.

Some of them even larger than the fighters themselves.

Only one thing is for certain though. Here there is a lot of TAIYO SPIRIT. And none of Roberto's girlfriends.

There's so many....

Roberto hasn't been doing much as far as fighting circuits are concerned but he has been staying sharp if not indirectly through playing soccer. So when Roberto received the invitation, he's somewhat surprised. Of course it turns out to be a pleasant one for two reasons. First of all it was the same opponent he was supposed to have in the SNF. Secondly Roberto had been meaning to speak with the swim coach about something and so in two ways this made for an excellent opportunity.

Before the fight he was informed that sports equipment would already be there and so instead of bringing a mesh bag filled with soccer balls he arrives clad in his Taiyo soccer uniform, carrying a mesh bag with just one soccer ball. This soccer ball and mesh bag is kicked into the crowd sent up in a high arc for a lucky fight fan.

After that, Roberto Miura looks towards Nagare with a relatively laid back smile. "Nagare-sensei, I was hoping to have not only a conversation with you, but as a chance to test myself against you. Looks like it's my lucky day." With that he slides into his stance looking like a soccer goalie getting ready for a penalty shot.

Nagare smiles as he watches Roberto come out and kick a ball way high into the air. "Excellent, Roberto! How have you been doing in your studies?" The swim coach asks, almost out of habit, but he cares. You can tell. Winning isn't the first though for this teacher. Enjoying himself and just getting out there is the most important parts of it! And he's against the same guy he was supposed to be in Saturday Night Fight.

Weird, huh.

Still, the Swim coach is all smiles as he looks upon Roberto. "Oh? Really? Well, what were you thinking about Roberto?" Nagare asks simply and rather casually as he himself gets into a stance. A weird swimming stance that involves his fins pointed out instead of in. Maybe there's a reason for this. Maybe... it's all MAD.

Still, it's the style of SWIMMING.

COMBATSYS: Nagare has started a fight here.

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Nagare           0/-------/-------|

COMBATSYS: Roberto has joined the fight here.

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Roberto          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0           Nagare

Luckily they aren't fighting on chariots and hurling spears around. Neither athletes' fighting style is well suited to that fight and both would have probably look like a pair of spazzes in that particular fight were it not for the cancellation.

When Nagare asks about how his studies are going he cringes slightly. His grades, while passing, aren't exactly anything to be proud of except maybe his PE and English grades. "Uhh... I grasp the concepts taught. I just don't think my tests seem to reflect my understanding of the subjects."

It's at this point Roberto decides to take the initiative and moves for a soccer ball as he continues the conversation. "I've been hearing about an upcoming team tournament and I thought it would be cool to form Taiyo sports team. And you were one of the people I had in mind as far as forming a team goes."

After a few moments the soccer star weaves to and fro before launching a soccer ball right for the swimming coach. Attempting to target his hip to upset his balance.

COMBATSYS: Nagare fails to slow Long Shot from Roberto with Large Thrown Object.

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Roberto          0/-------/-------|=------\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare looks straight towards Roberto and agrees completely that fighting in the SNF would have been pretty awkward. Considering Nagare would be constantly attempting to swim over towards Roberto's and with Roberto's style, soccer balls would probably be flying every which way, here and there, for some reason or another. It's definitely something you wouldn't really expect at first.

"Just keep trying, I know you can do it." Nagare states with a smile, "Some times the water can be rough, but if you learn to swim there, the rest of the water will just carry you to victory!" The man says, giving a thumbs up sign directly towards everyone.

"A team huh? I'd love to join!" Nagare exclaims as looks towards Roberto. "That's a great idea. We can represent Taiyo there! It'd be pretty swell actually. You can count me in!" Nagare exclaims before, what's this?! A soccer ball is fired directly towards Nagare's hip!

Nagare attempts to bend over quickly to pick up an inflatable tube, but as he gets ready to toss it the ball smacks into his hip and knocks him down. He falls back for a moment, looking towards Roberto. "Good shot!" He offers, the inflatable dropping at his side.

Roberto doesn't even respond to the wet metaphor since it's on a subject that the football phenom doesn't exactly want to touch on instead focusing on the team aspect of the conversation. "Cool! I had a feeling you would. Ichiro from the Lacrosse team is already on board for the team and I was also thinking about asking Hayato-sensei about joining us as well."

The soccer ball impacts with the hip of the other fighter and he smiles. The shot landed true, even if it didn't go exactly as planned. "Thanks!" It's the only warning Nagare will get before Roberto is upon the swimmer slamming a foot into the side of the coach. He's already feeling the rush of adrenaline from the fight.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Nagare with Heavy Kick.

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Roberto          0/-------/------=|===----\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare watches as Roberto comes at him. He has to do something! He knows he has to. And even as Roberto moves up to slam him in the side of the leg with the kick, Nagare attempts to bring his leg up to no avail! The heavy kick slams into the swimmer as he's sent backwards, the kick throwing him a good distance back. "Wow! Excellent shot!" Either Nagare is rusty or Roberto is really on the ball!

Still, Nagare has to do what he does best! Swim. So as he looks towards Roberto, he nods, getting back up from the ground.

But he feints! Beginning to kick hard and planting his arms on the ground, he begins to kick hard. Real hard, so hard that water chi actually flies off from his feet and towards Roberto! "You're starting to become really good at this!"

COMBATSYS: Roberto reflects Splash Kick from Nagare with Shining Clutch.

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Roberto          0/-------/----===|=====--\-------\0           Nagare

As Roberto draws back his leg from the kick, a bit of relief appears on his face. He just barely managed to thread the powerful kick through the swimmer's defenses and he's not too eager to feel the reprisal from the swim team coach and so he steps back.

It's the step back and the golden goalie's reflexes that save him. As Nagare's legs begin kicking, Roberto's own hands begin moving quickly as well. Glowing hands meet the water chi engulfed feet catching the impact and dispersing it, while the vacuum created by the Shining Clutch draw the chi into his palms so that on the subsequent glowing blocks he can smash the water chi back into the swimmer's legs. His own hands stop moving only when Nagare's does.

Roberto finds himself panting the words as the defense had really took it out of him. "Thanks... That... was.. close."

Nagare is just getting his butt kicked! Well, everyone has their butt kicked now and then, but this is a hard butt kicking! Still, Nagare's not going to give up, even as the other fighter actually catches his feet and smashes it back. So much that Nagare barely was able to stop it at all. In fact, he wasn't really. So much that he decided, quite clearly, what his next move was.

"Wow! You're really on fire!" Nagare exclaims with a breath as he fires himself off the ground, even with the wounds, leaping into the air half swayingly. Where he just begins to swim. And swim. And swim into the air. Higher and higher and higher as he goes, he stops somewhere about a story or two up before turning around and heading towards Roberto.

And he's moving. Fast. Right towards the soccer player!

It's going to a pretty dive! Maybe even a 10! All coming down on Roberto. Whoops!

COMBATSYS: Roberto blocks Nagare's Concrete Dive.

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Roberto          0/-------/---====|======-\-------\0           Nagare

As Nagare begins take to the air Roberto raises an eyebrow as he ascends. It was a move he had seen before but it was quite a different experience to actually be on the receiving end of it. Roberto doesn't think he has the speed to get out of the way of the dive. And so he brings his hands up palm up to stop the coach's descent. Roberto's knees buckle and he slides back a few feet. By some miracle, he's still standing.

The soccer star doesn't get a chance too often where people take to the air on him and so he shoves the swimmer upwards to buy himself enough time to take to the air after him and grab him before using a burst of chi to propel Nagare back down to Earth forcefully.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Nagare with Shining Save.

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Roberto          0/-------/-======|=======\-------\1           Nagare

Nagare, once more comes down! But as he does, Roberto is able to take the blow head on by raising both of his arms up to stop him! Wow, Nagare thinks, he's pretty good! And then he's thrown back, only to find Roberto pushing forward, shoving Nagare up with the chi propelling him down as well.

Nagare tries, he really does, to stop it. But bamf! He comes down hard, looking towards Roberto. Well now, he's really got to make this count! "Alright then! Watch out!" Nagare states as he begins to swim forward.

In fact, he swims forward so much, he's pretty much able to swim through the air, as if he was diving, right towards Roberto. Really. He's moving, and quickly, water chi propelling him just so he can fire himself forward through the air at Roberto.

Head first!

COMBATSYS: Nagare successfully hits Roberto with Underwater Dash.

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Roberto          1/-----==/=======|-------\-------\0           Nagare

It was only a matter of time before Roberto's luck ran out. That was pretty much the formula that most of Roberto's fights as of late had been operating under. When the soccer star sees Nagare swimming towards him, Roberto realizes he should move or at least bring his arms up to help him weather the attack, gritting his teeth all the way. Instead he finds himself frozen like a deer in caught in the headlights waiting for the Swimmer to run him over.

Roberto finds himself getting knocked off of his feet and sent flying until he hits the ground in a roll. He slowly picks himself off the ground wobbling for a bit. The impact causing him to lose his bearings for a moment. The soccer star finds himself feeling both a sense of urgency and touch of excitement as the fight begins to draw closer to the end. "Nice one Nagare-sensei."

Roberto eventually gets himself back together and begins moving for another soccer ball dribbling it towards the Coach. But he doesn't kick the ball. Instead, he puts a spin move on Nagare and in the process swings a foot at the back of his heel before moving behind him.

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Nagare with Light Kick.

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Roberto          1/----===/=======|==-----\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare watches as Roberto comes, goes, and is RANOVER BY A FLYING NAGARE. Quite literally actually. But even things of such a magnitude like a FLYING NAGARE must come to a stop here and there. He moves in such a motion that it's quite impressive! Still, he comes forward, only to find that the soccer star is coming back.

And then, well, BAMF. Roberto swings a leg towards Nagare's leg, and Nagare attempts to block it! Only to fall on his back. It seems his fins do not want to block anything, and his body decides that today it would weather the worst of all!

Still, Nagare will continue to fight regardless! As he gets back up, looking to Roberto he nods, "Wow. Really good!" He exclaims as he moves fowards once more, sending out a powerful flipper kick combo right towards Roberto, attempting to take him by surprise with the flipperly strikes, one after the other!

COMBATSYS: Nagare successfully hits Roberto with Heavy Kick.

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Roberto          1/-======/=======|===----\-------\0           Nagare

Roberto knows that he wants to maintain control of the soccer ball at his feet. He also knows that letting Nagare hit him in any way would only jeopardize his control over the soccer ball and so he tries to step out of the way of the flipper kicks and finds that he just didn't react quickly enough.

Roberto is handily taken off of the soccer ball and is once again sent rolling but this time it's not as disorienting or as painful as the first time. Roberto slowly gets back up to his feet and takes a deep breath as he prepares himself for his next attack suddenly charging the other fighter and picking up the swimmer before powerbombing him to the ground. It's almost like his Mundane Save without the follow-up kick at the end.

COMBATSYS: Nagare dodges Roberto's Quick Throw.

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Roberto          1/-======/=======|===----\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare hasn't been very able to do anything as of late. But that all disappears sooner or later. As Roberto continues to try to remain in control of the soccer ball, Nagare maintains his balance on his flippers, which, for him, isn't all that bad actually.

But as Roberto comes after Nagare once more, attempting to pick up Nagare, the swimmer decides that throwing himself forward, for all that he knows, is most important. He's charged, but Nagare begins to swim above and beyond it. It's quite amazing as the water chi drips down.

Sadly, the water chi stops flowing and Nagare flops against the ground in what LOOKS to be a terrible fall. It actually really isn't, but he is putting himself in a position for something else entirely. And that is, quite respectively, the ability that makes him a life guard.

By saving lives. Which Nagare does. On himself. Pumping himself full of waterchi while replacing some moved bone.

Roberto seems to be having trouble putting the finishing touches on the swim team coach. With the missed grab he has no choice but to turn around but what should he see but Nagare on his back pumping himself full of water chi. While Roberto doesn't understand what's going on, he knows he needs to act fast if he wants a chance to finish him off.

Roberto temporarily abandons his soccer ball running for Nagare once again, this time sliding with one foot extended as he attempts to perform a slide tackle on Taiyo's coach.

COMBATSYS: Nagare successfully hits Nagare with CPR.

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Roberto          1/--=====/=======|==-----\-------\0           Nagare

COMBATSYS: Nagare endures Roberto's Sliding Kick.

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Roberto          1/-======/=======|=====--\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare manages to get up, eve as Roberto begins to come for him. Even as he does, he watches as the other Taiyo High resident comes right at him. Even when the wounds are still healing, Nagare watches as it's all for naught as the slide kick comes. But that's okay, because it's what Nagare was attempting to do. As the slide kick strikes, Nagare works through it.

He topples into the air, and he most definitely is coming down, isn't he? Well, not exactly. Even as he falls, Roberto might find out that, as he's finishing the slide, Nagare's already begun to swim.

Oh and how does he swim, forward and away from Roberto, kicking wildly into the air as the water chi falls from the air, moving down at Roberto even as he stops, threatening him with flippers and chi all at once.

but this time, it's coming unexpectedly fast.

COMBATSYS: Nagare successfully hits Roberto with Breast Stroke Kick.

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Roberto          2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=====--\-------\0           Nagare

Nagare takes advantage of what is probably the biggest weakness of the soccer style slide tackle. While it's fairly fast on delivery, he's horribly slow when it comes to recovery and he doesn't even have a chance at dodging let alone deflecting the attack with his hands. All he can really do is grit his teeth and hope he can last long enough to finish what he started.

Roberto pulls himself off the ground and takes a deep breath as he moves to that previously abandoned soccer ball and he begins juggling it, bouncing it from thigh to thigh as he plans what will probably be his final attack.

COMBATSYS: Roberto focuses on his next action.

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Roberto          2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=====--\-------\0           Nagare

Even as Roberto moves to juggle his soccer ball, Nagare's no longer going to be pussy footing around. As the Soccer Player moves through the assault, Nagare's losing speed, and quick. But he has a plan. At least, he thinks he does. Watching as Roberto begins to bounce his balls, Nagare forces himself forward.

Perhaps in an ill manuever, but still sane and fine to Nagare, the swimmer throws himself forward in what could be a trap. Actually rushing up to where Roberto is waiting for him, Nagare doesn't even stop, actually beginning to swim backwards, flip backwards as he moves.

Once there, he swims about, water chi falling as he sends the water laced flippers towards Roberto's figure. It may be an ill treated manuever, but Nagare is perfectly fine with what he's trying. They're both losing steam. Or at least, some what.

COMBATSYS: Nagare successfully hits Roberto with Flipper Roundhouse EX.

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Roberto          2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|=======\-------\1           Nagare

The star striker had his response planned out perfectly, from the moment he started juggling the soccer ball he had a plan in mind. Move out of the way and let the soccer ball drop to his foot which in turn would be driven right into the swim coach's gut.

Somewhere along the line the execution breaks down and he's not only unable to get out of the way of the Roundhouse, but he gets the soccer ball smashed into his skull with water chi washing over the ball to make the experience all the more unpleasant. Even still Roberto has the presence of mind to snatch the ball out of the air. He still needed the soccer ball for his back-up plan.

At this point, Roberto knows he won't be able to win this fight and even getting a draw doesn't seem realistic but he wants to atleast end things with a bang. He lets the ball hit the ground after getting himself back up and then he kicks the ball forward a bit before following it up a with a kick from a glowing foot which in turn sets the soccerball ablaze with chi fire as it flies towards Nagare. If it should hit, it will cause a fairly big explosion.

COMBATSYS: Roberto can no longer fight.

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Nagare           1/-------/=======|

COMBATSYS: Roberto successfully hits Nagare with Blazing Strikers.

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Nagare           0/-------/-======|

Even as Nagare looks towards the fallen Roberto, being knocked backwards and even his own ball slammed into his face, Nagare's unable to really see it until Roberto is knocked backwards. But it proves to actually be good for him, as as he's thrown backwards, no matter what seems to happen, and with unknown speed, Roberto gets a great kick off before going down.

Even Nagare, who had been training for a good number of months or years, cannot, even with his breaking point to move out of the way, unable to even work through it. At all. The ball is just too fast, very, VERY fast. Much faster than Nagare could have expected.

The ball slams into the side of Nagare's chest where it explodes in a firely Chi explosion, burning much of the swimmers body. It at first looks like they're both down for the count as Nagare stops rolling and comes to a chi filled end.

And then, with just a smiggen of life left in him, Nagare gets back up, but barely. "Wow. That was excellent Roberto. I couldn't even go through it. You must score lots of goals that way." Nagare states as he staggers a bit. "Good fight!" He calls, before coughing due to the overexhurtion.

COMBATSYS: Nagare has ended the fight here.

The star goalie finds himself staring at the dome's retractable ceiling and the only thing he can do is desperately suck in air. His body completely aches and the water chi that he had been struck with all match is finally beginning to evaporate.

It was no surprise to Roberto that Nagare was able to pull himself back to his feet. Roberto knew that he was fairly resilient. To be honest, Roberto isn't exactly disappointed either. It was the way this fight was meant to be.

Log created on 22:11:43 02/20/2008 by Roberto, and last modified on 23:28:56 02/21/2008.